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A few indie developers have found continued success via crowdfunding over the last several years. Stoic’s Banner Saga series is a prime example. The extra-long 40-day Kickstarter campaign for sequel Banner Saga 3 raised $416,986, more than twice its initial goal of $200,000. A little over 8,000 backers contributed.
“The support from backers and the community has been amazing, and it’s humbling to know that RTS fans around the world really want to support us,” said John Watson, co-founder at Stoic. “The additional funds will be invested into bringing as much of our intended vision to the final game and rewarding our backers’ support with an unforgettable experience to conclude this epic tale.”
Banner Saga 3 will represent the final journey of the harrowing tactical series. The series is set in a world based on Norse viking myths. It’s also a world on the bleak of apocalyptic destruction. The story features many tough moral choices and decisions you make during your journey, many of which decide who lives, who dies, and who joins your party of warriors.
The original Banner Saga was among the first wave of video game crowdfunding successes on Kickstarter, back in 2012. It raised over $700,000 from over 20,000 backers. The tactical-strategy game brilliantly combined Oregon Trail-like structure with grid-based tactical turn-based battles within its uniquely dark setting. It won Best Debut from the GDC Awards in 2014.
Banner Saga 2 launched last year and was similarly critically acclaimed. Funding for that sequel was made possible by the over-funding and sales from the first game.
A number of Stretch Goals were unlocked during the Banner Saga 3 campaign. Stretch Goals include playable Dredge, Survival Mode, “Ubin Lives,” and an all-new Eternal Arena game mode. Note that the Eternal Arena will be added post launch.
Banner Saga 3 is listed with an Estimated Delivery of December 2018. As always, consider that the extreme earliest date possible.
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I saw a prototype of Defense Grid: The Board Game at PAX South and while I didn’t get a chance to play, I marveled at its intricate recreation of the tower defense video game series. The upcoming board game is nearing the tail end of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s currently sitting at over $75k of $30k funding, which means it’s definitely happening.
Defense Gird: The Board Game is a 1-4 player cooperative game. Players take on the role of the defensive AIs against a horde of alien attackers. You can play 10 campaign missions that get progressively more complex, and award medals you can use to level up your AI between each mission. The board is made up of modular map tiles to create different maps as the aliens try to make their way to your core. Each mission is a lengthy game that takes over an hour to play.
Securing a copy of Defense Grid: The Board Game will set you back a whopping $80. That’s expensive, even for a big board game. However you get a large collection of neat minis: towers and aliens. The minis look fantastic and include a neat pillar system that let you track shot, hit points, and cores right on each figure.
Since the game uses a buildable map, the publishers have promised to provide 24 bonus missions as free post-launch downloadable content. They plan on releasing one free mission each month after launch. That’s an impressive two year commitment.
Defense Grid: The Board Game will become available to the general public upon its release. The Kickstarter represents the first wave, and is currently scheduled for an October 2017 delivery.